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Inland Empire communities weigh in on Gaza
Patch/City News Service
Nov. 17, 2023

In an article about Inland Empire residents’ reaction to the war in Gaza, Cal State San Bernardino professor Ahlam Muhtaseb, a Palestinian and Islamic Center of Temecula Valley member, said Israel's side of the issue is over-represented in mainstream media, where Palestinians are too often portrayed as “extremists, violent terrorists.”

Palestinian Americans face fear, violence amid Israel’s war in Gaza
The Washington Post
Nov. 18, 2023

In an article about Palestinian Americans facing fear and hate incidents amid the war in Gaza, Brian Levin, an emeritus professor at California State University at San Bernardino who founded the school’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the violence in the Middle East has seeded violence in America’s streets and on its college campuses in a familiar fashion. Islamophobia spiked after Sept. 11, 2001, and again after the “Muslim ban,” his research shows.

Now, “the numbers are skyrocketing,” Levin said. “The rise of the internet and social media, coupled with a bare-knuckled political tribalism that amplifies Islamophobia and Arabophobia, is adding fuel to the fire. And the longer this goes on, the worse it will get.”

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